A neurosurgeon is a specialist in the management and surgical intervention of brain and spinal diseases. He/ She plays a significant role in the multidisciplinary approach to the prevention diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of brain and spinal patients. He/she will lead the decision-making process and management of trauma and non-trauma emergencies and the congenital, vascular, degenerative and oncological conditions of the brain and spine.

The Specialty Board in Neurosurgery is the Specialty Board under the Board of study in Surgery (BOS), responsible for the training and assessment of trainees selecting a career in neurosurgery. Changes in the higher education sphere in relation to training and assessments coupled with advances in subspecialties have necessitated revision of the training programme. The programme meets the requirements of the relevant qualification descriptors and level descriptors of the Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework and is set at Level 12 of the Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework.

The aim of the training program is to produce a competent neurosurgeon who can handle both elective and emergency cranial and spinal surgeries. Thus, at the end of the programme, trainees in Neurosurgery should be able to;

  • Undertake the full range of emergency and elective operative procedures in neurosurgery during the training stage.
  • Demonstrate sufficient operative experience to be able to undertake these procedures and manage operative difficulties and complications, without supervision.

Function as a team leader and a useful member of the multidisciplinary team managing neurosurgical patients.

  • Appreciate the biology and natural history of the disease as well as the contributions made by other disciplines to patient care.
  • Competently handle both brain and spinal diseases effectively on par with the rest of the world.
  • Apply the principles of clinical governance including reflective practice and maintain such standards.
  • Conduct original research which will benefit the specialty.
  • Teach the specialty of Neurosurgery.

Candidates who are successful at the MD (Surgery) examination are eligible to apply. Such trainees should not be board certified by the PGIM in any specialty or subspecialty.

Please refer to the relevant prospectus for the most up to date information. The prospectus of a particular programme contains official information pertaining to a programme approved by the Board of Management, University Senate and the University Grants Commission

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